Job Opportunities & Fellowships

Job Opportunities

Texas A&M University – Scientific Computing Specialist

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is the Gulf of Mexico regional component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) of NOAA and is part of the Department of Oceanography with Texas A&M University. GCOOS are looking for a highly motivated and skilled professional interested in contributing to understanding of the Gulf of Mexico with the development of data science tools. The Scientific Computing Specialist will assist in cyberinfrastructure management, oceanographic data curation, and as experience is gained it will lead large marine dataset analysis and synthesis. Your efforts will be integral to education benefiting society and the environment for the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University.

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – Systems Administrator II

At Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, their system administration team have incredible opportunities to work on systems that impact faculty, staff, student, and researchers from around the world. TAMU-CC is a vibrant, Hispanic Serving Doctorial Research Institution that combines a heritage of teaching excellence with innovation in research and community engagement. They seek people who have new ideas and are driven while having fun along the way. Our team plays an important role in the unparallel commitment to student success. This position, reporting to the Manager of Systems Administration, is responsible for the daily operations of all virtualization infrastructure, load balancers, and physical servers including system design, installation, development, integration, testing, documentation, monitoring, and ongoing maintenance of assigned systems within departmental standards. TAMU-CC is looking for a VMware Administrator to join its dynamic team of technical professionals.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance – Program Coordinator

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA), as a non-profit organization, is a partnership of the five Gulf States and supported by a broader network of federal agencies, academic organizations, businesses, and other non-profits in the region. The mission of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is to significantly increase regional collaboration to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. (http://www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org/) The Program Coordinator supports the regional program duties of GOMA, specifically the needs of the Data & Monitoring Priority Issue Team (D&M Team), the Gulf Star Public-Private Partnership, and others. This is a telecommuting position and is not located in the GOMA headquarters office, but works with all GOMA staff and reports to the Program Director.

State of Louisiana – Coastal Resources Scientist Senior DCL B

This position serves as a Coastal Resources Scientist Senior – DCL B in the Studies and Environmental Branch within the Planning and Research Division. The incumbent of this position serves as a senior advisor and expert to provide specialized and technical/scientific assistance and guidance to the Coastal Resources Scientist Assistant Administrator and other team members in the Planning and Research Division.  The incumbent also serves as a mentor to lower-level Planning and Research Division scientific and technical staff.  This position supports the implementation of several important segments of the CPRA’s overall coastal restoration and hurricane flood risk reduction program.  Specifically, the incumbent may oversee large federal restoration and protection programs in which CPRA is the non-federal sponsor. Duties will also include coordination and implementation of CPRA’s Flood Risk and Resilience Program providing for non-structural risk reduction measures in coastal Louisiana. The above will require extensive interaction and coordination with federal, state, municipal, and public stakeholders. The successful applicant should have a solid background in the physical or biological sciences, experience in the federal (USACE and others) planning process, a demonstrated ability to handle complex projects or programs, and strong interpersonal communication skills with a strong record of public engagement.

GOOS Biology – Data Manager

GOOS Biology seeks a data manager. The candidate will work under the supervision of the OBIS project manager and in close consultation with the OBIS data manager and the members of the Biology and Ecoystems expert panel of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS BioEco). The candidate will be (i) managing the information about observing systems, networks, and data assets provided via a portal for the Global Ocean Observing System, Biology and Ecosystems Panel (GOOS BioEco) for official launch by the end of 2021 and (ii) provide coordination with the observing systems, networks, and data-producing projects contributing to biological and ecosystem Essential Ocean Variable (EOV) with the aim to bring more of the data from these facilities fully online through OBIS, and become interoperable and reusable as part of an integrated global ocean observing system.

The Woods Hole Group, Inc. – Senior Oceanographer

The Woods Hole Group, Inc., a CLS Group company, is a leader in commercial oceanographic, marine environmental and fisheries services. The company provides consultancy, measurement, monitoring, numerical modeling and forecasting services to support offshore and coastal development, operations and protection. We are currently seeking applicants for the position of a Senior Oceanographer in our corporate office in Bourne, MA or in our Richmond, TX office. The Senior Oceanographer role is a key position in the Metocean Consultancy and Forecasting Team that forms part of our Energies and Infrastructures Business Unit. The primary focus of the role will involve undertaking metocean design and operating criteria studies to characterize metocean conditions in coastal and offshore environments. There will also be additional supporting activities associated with hindcast and forecast numerical modeling, ocean forecast services, metocean measurement and monitoring programs within the company.

The Woods Hole Group, Inc. – Metocean Analyst

The Woods Hole Group, Inc., a CLS Group company, a leader in commercial oceanographic, marine environmental and fisheries services. The company provides consultancy, measurement, monitoring, numerical modeling and forecasting services to support offshore and coastal development, operations and protection. Woods Hole Group is currently seeking applicants for the position of Metocean Analyst in either the Bourne, MA or Richmond, TX office. The Metocean Analyst’s role is primarily office-based to provide day-to-day metocean nowcast, forecast and advisory reports as part of our EddyWatch and SurveyWatch services. This entry-level position will report to the EddyWatch & SurveyWatch Program Manager.

Mote Marine Laboratory — Several Openings

Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit marine research laboratory based in Sarasota, Florida, that also includes a public aquarium, has a positions open. Their current employment openings are listed below.

  • Stranding Biologist
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Seagrass Ecosystem Research
  • Florida Keys Citizen Science Coordinator
  • Exhibits Fabricator II
  • Position Details

Postdoctoral Positions

The Rosenstiel School’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) (RSMAS)

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science has an exciting opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Associate (two-year term) to work on-site in College Park, Maryland at the National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).  The position will support a hurricane intensity forecast improvements project coordinated by the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the National Ocean Service (NOS) and the NWS, with a focus on upper ocean observations and model data assimilation.  An ocean observing field campaign is planned for the 2023 and 2024 Atlantic hurricane seasons using myriad observing platforms, and this position will directly support connecting those important ocean observations to the NOAA models to help NOAA improve its hurricane intensity forecasts.  Ultimately, this position will directly benefit coastal communities and help NOAA reduce risk and loss of life and property.

The Rosenstiel School’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS)

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science has an exciting opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Associate (two-year term) to work on-site in College Park, Maryland at the National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).  The position will support a hurricane intensity forecast improvements project coordinated by the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the National Ocean Service (NOS) and the NWS, with a focus on upper ocean observations and model data assimilation.  An ocean observing field campaign is planned for the 2023 and 2024 Atlantic hurricane seasons using myriad observing platforms, and this position will directly support connecting those important ocean observations to the NOAA models to help NOAA improve its hurricane intensity forecasts.  Ultimately, this position will directly benefit coastal communities and help NOAA reduce risk and loss of life and property.

NOAA; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences – Postdoctoral and Senior Associates

The National Ocean Service, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research seeks a postdoctoral scientist in remote sensing photogrammetry of coastal and marine habitats using unoccupied autonomous systems. The program conducts research and syntheses to develop decision support tools, geospatial models, and data products to inform coastal ecosystem management. They use a suite of field sampling and remote-sensing tools, advanced underwater remote sensing and hydroacoustics technologies, underwater optics, autonomous underwater vehicles and scuba diving to design ecological assessments and experiments to understand impacts of stressors on coastal marine ecosystems. The primary focus for this opportunity will develop remote imaging techniques such as photogrammetry and structure-from-motion using airborne and underwater optics to develop high-resolution digital models for use in ecological research and modeling for the assessment of coral reef ecosystems and restoration.

NRC Research Associateship Programs Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Limited graduate level awards are also available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

University of New Hampshire – Postdoctoral Laboratory Scientist

The University of New Hampshire is  recruiting a motivated, curious scientist to work on a two year project developing and applying eDNA methods in estuarine systems in the United States. This position requires an interest and skills in developing and applying molecular methods to support management of marine systems, including sample collection, preparation, and analyses. The successful candidate will work at the University of New Hampshire with faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies. The successful candidate will be working with multiple stakeholders to develop and implement a collaborative eDNA-based monitoring program at 10 existing field sites. We work with resource managers to identify information needs, and to design sampling and analysis methods that can be implemented within an existing monitoring program (the National Estuarine Research Reserve).

Fellowships and Internships

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences – Minorities in Aquaculture Internship Opportunity

The NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture works to advance the economic, environmental, and social benefits of marine aquaculture. In early 2021, the office set out to increase and diversify partnerships with stakeholders around the nation. This focus on inclusion and accessibility included partnering with Indigenous communities, supporting high school outreach projects, and strengthening connections to minority serving nonprofit organizations. Through these efforts, one partnership was able to host the first-ever Minorities In Aquaculture (MIA) communications student intern.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

The Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. Because the early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, the relatively unrestricted funds and mentoring this fellowship provides help recipients navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network. They will be opening the 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship Application Cycle with significant changes to the fellowship program structure by introducing a three-topic track system with application periods spread out over the year. The three tracks, aligned with the Gulf Research Program’s program areas, are:

      • Human Health and Community Resilience
      • Environmental Protection and Stewardship
      • Offshore Energy Safety
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Department of Defense – Visualization of Coastal Data

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) performs research on ocean, estuarine, riverine, and watershed systems in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Department of Defense (DOD) Task Force in support of the Ocean Commission. A multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and support personnel work in CHL’s internationally known, unique facilities. This team has developed state-of-the-art experimental and computational models for solving water resource problems worldwide. Physical facilities of approximately 1.7 million square feet and high-performance computing facilities at the DOD Supercomputing Research Center (http://www.erdc.hpc.mil) are the basic infrastructure for producing cutting-edge products for successful coastal, inland water resources, and navigation management. CHL work, although primarily in support of the DOD and the Corp’s districts, also interfaces with other federal, state and local agencies, academia, conservation groups, and the general public, as appropriate. The Research Participation Program for USACE-ERDC-CHL provides opportunities to participate in new and on-going applied research and development projects. Research projects range from design guidance to three-dimensional computational models. Focus is placed on inland and coastal navigation, military logistics over the shore, dredging, flood control, storm and erosion protection, waterway restoration, fish passage, hydro-environmental modeling, water/land management, and other water and sediment-related issues facing the nation.

Department of Defense – Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Fellow

The Environmental Laboratory (EL) is one of the seven laboratories of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC), which is the Army Corps of Engineers’ integrated research and development (R&D) organization. EL provides solutions to environmental challenges for the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the Nation through environmental science and engineering research and development. Researchers in EL conduct research in ecosystem science and technology, environmental resiliency, environmental sensing, ecological modeling and forecasting, risk and decision science, environmentally sustainable material, systems biology, climate change, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry and environmental security. Under the guidance of a mentor, you will participate in a coastal research project focused on developing stochastic assessments of coastal water levels and erosion risk under past, present and future climates.